Why have I decided to stand for parliament?

I have lived in and around Worcester for the majority of my life moving to the Bath Road area in 1997. I work within the city as an engineering manager for an international company in Warndon. I am 43 years old, married and have two teenage children who have attended Cherry Orchard Primary through Nunnery Wood High School going on to the Sixth Form College.

To understand why I am standing you need to know a little about my background and values. As a child I grew up in Thatcher’s Britain with all that it entailed: recession, privatisation, American cruise missiles at Greenham Common, riots in the inner cities, the miners’ strike, Tiananmen Square, the poll tax and the subjugation of society in favour of the individual.

Like many I rejoiced at the Labour victory in ’97 – a time to hope for a radical change. But as the years passed it dawned on me that policy after policy Labour were being sucked into the political establishment. In place of real change we got spin, sleaze, war in Iraq, University tuition fees, continuing arms trade and a gradual steady loss of civil liberties. I became aware of the concepts of peak oil and climate change and joined the Green Party about 3 years ago.

It’s my contention that the establishment parties are in fact now almost indistinguishable. The Green Party is leading the way with the Green New Deal and standing up for social and environmental justice. In this blog I will do my best to share my view of the world and hopefully you will get to know me a little better.

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